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  • Russia offers India 3 additional Talwar class frigates

    10/20/2014 3:55:19 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Russia & India Report ^ | October 20, 2014
    India is also looking to upgrade the first set of three Project 11356 frigates that were purchased in the early 2000s. Russia offered India three additional Project 11356 or Talwar class frigates, after New Delhi made a formal request, Vladimir Spiridopulo, the general director working on this project at the Northern Design Bureau, said. Negotiations have been taking place since this spring, TASS said. India to spend $3 billion for 3 more Talwar-class frigates Russia supplied India with two sets of three Project 11356 frigates, with the last one being the INS Trikand. “Negotiations on the third set of three...
  • The day China entered the nuclear age (50 years after 1st Nuke Test)

    10/19/2014 10:26:40 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | Friday, 17 October, 2014 | Minnie Chan
    Fifty years ago, the world woke up to news the nation - then at odds with Moscow and Washington - had detonated its own atomic bomb China's first atomic test on October 16, 1964, in Xinjiang. Mao wanted to prove the nation was a global power. Photo: SCMP Pictures Fifty years ago yesterday, China detonated its first atomic bomb, joining the United States, Soviet Union, Britain and France as the only nuclear powers at the time. The explosion in Lop Nur in eastern Xinjiang paved the way for the nation's further development of nuclear weapons and its emergence as a...
  • Swedish military releases photo of mysterious ‘foreign vessel’ (Russian sub?)

    10/19/2014 9:44:54 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 19 replies
    AFP-JIJI ^ | OCT 20, 2014
    STOCKHOLM – The Swedish military has presented photographic evidence of a mysterious “foreign vessel” off the coast of Stockholm but rejected reports it was on the “hunt” for a damaged submarine. Ever since the armed forces received a tip-off about a “man-made object” off the coast of Stockholm on Friday, 200 men, several stealth ships, minesweepers and helicopters have been searching the sea around islands about 50 kilometers (30 miles) east of the Swedish capital. “This is not ours, it’s a foreign vessel,” Rear Admiral Anders Grenstad told reporters, pointing to a grainy photo taken on Sunday morning by a...
  • These 6 Countries Will Be Screwed If Oil Prices Keep Falling

    10/19/2014 6:48:32 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 10/19/2014 | Tomas Hirst
    The collapse in oil prices is already a major cause of concern for countries heavily reliant on exports of the commodity. For some, it could be a matter of avoiding a severe recession. Here's why: For governments in oil-exporting countries to meet their spending commitments they need oil to remain above a certain price. With oil prices under $87 a barrel, countries that rely on high oil prices, including Venezuela, Russia, and Saudi Arabia, may have a reason to be concerned. This chart shows the price per barrel that the six most exposed countries need to meet their national budgets....
  • 'Miss Hitler 2014' contest seeks the most anti-Semitic of them all

    10/19/2014 5:02:46 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 30 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 20/10/14
    A Nazi-inspired beauty pageant dubbed "Miss Hitler 2014" is calling for attractive women to participate in the contest held on the Russian equivalent to Facebook . Participants are requested to submit Nazi-themed "selfies" to the competition organized by a neo-Nazi group on VKontakte - Russia's largest social networking service - along with a caption describing why they "love and revere the Third Reich of Adolf Hitler," the UK-based Daily Mail reported. At least 14 females from Russian and Eastern Europe have entered the contest that celebrates the glorification of Nazi Germany and the fascist totalitarian government ruled by Adolf Hitler...
  • A Thousand Times More Dangerous Than ISIS

    10/19/2014 5:02:41 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 19, 2014 | Ken Blackwell
    Editor's Note: This column was coauthored by Bob Morrison. Several years ago, the Israeli satirical series, Latma, produced this funny sketch on the Iranian mullahs’ push for a nuclear bomb. “The bomb, the bomb, I’ll get the bomb. Listen to me, Honey, it ain’t gonna be too long” sings the frolicking mullah in the online version of this humorous look at a most serious subject. The Israelis can joke about an Iranian nuclear bomb because they are on the front line. They know what it would mean. They don’t go on and on about “stability” in the Middle East the...
  • As Fighting Rages, Turkey’s Erdogan Rejects Any US Plan to Arm Syrian Kurds Battling ISIS

    10/19/2014 2:53:25 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 29 replies
    CNSNews ^ | October 19, 2014 | Patrick Goodenough
    (CNSNews.com) – Turkey’s president on Sunday rejected U.S. proposals to arm Syrian Kurds fighting against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS/ISIL) near the Turkish border, shortly after the White House said he and President Obama had pledged to “strengthen cooperation” against the jihadists. “It would be wrong for the United States, with whom we are friends and allies in NATO, to talk openly and to expect us to say ‘yes’ to such a support to a terrorist organization,” said President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. His comments were the latest sign that Turkey and the U.S. are far from being...
  • Sweden enters 3rd day of undersea investigation of suspected foreign activity

    10/19/2014 8:38:36 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 11 replies
    Associated Press (AP) ^ | October 19, 2014 | Associated Press (AP)
    HELSINKI – A Swedish military search for evidence of suspected undersea activity in its waters has entered its third day amid reports of a suspected Russian intrusion. The military has declined to comment on the operation except to say it is searching for evidence of "foreign underwater activity." Daily Svenska Dagbladet reported the Swedes had picked up an emergency message suggesting a Russian mini-submarine had run into trouble in Swedish waters.
  • Spiegel: Review finds rebels shot down MH17 in Ukraine

    A review by Germany's foreign intelligence agency has found that MH17 was brought down by a missile fired by separatists. Russia and Ukraine have blamed each other for the plane's downing. A detailed analysis conducted by Germany's federal intelligence service (BND) concluded that separatists near Donetsk were responsible for bringing down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, the news magazine Spiegel reported on Sunday. The Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 crashed in eastern Ukraine on July 17 while on route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. All 298 passengers on board were killed, most of them Dutch nationals. BND President Gerhard Schindler presented the...
  • Russian Submarine sends SOS in swedish territorial waters. Sunk by the Swedish navy?

    10/18/2014 12:48:47 PM PDT · by ConfusedSwede · 102 replies
    Breaking news in Sweden after two days of hunt. Swedish government report that a russian submarine is sending an SOS message on a de-crypted frequency.
  • Rafale can be shot down like 'mosquitoes by Chinese-made Sukhoi': Russian envoy

    10/18/2014 7:45:37 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    ANI News, India ^ | Oct 18, 2014 | Ashok Dixit
    New Delhi, Oct.18 (ANI): Indirectly expressing his country's surprise over the Indian Government and its defence establishment's decision to go ahead with its reported plan to buy 126 Rafale combat aircraft from France, Russia's Ambassador to India, Alexander M. Kadakin, said the Dassault Aviation-manufactured fighter aircraft could be shot down like a mosquito by a Chinese-manufactured or produced Sukhoi jet should there ever be a conflict in the neighbourhood. Ambassador Kadakin, who was attending an interaction between Russian and Indian journalists in the national capital yesterday, said, "We (Russia) are still very surprised that Rafale is being bought, because if...
  • China likely to get Russia's newest missiles, fighters, submarines and high speed rail to Europe

    10/17/2014 7:41:29 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 21 replies
    Next Big Future.com ^ | October 16, 2014 | Staff
    To avert a recession, Russia is turning to China for investment, granting it once restricted access to raw materials and advanced weapons. Russia is likely to sign contracts for the delivery of S-400 missile systems and Su-35 fighter jets to China as early as the first quarter of next year, says Vasily Kashin, a China expert at the Centre for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies in Moscow. Russia may also supply China with its newest submarine, the Amur 1650, he says. The Amur class submarine is one of the latest Russian submarine designs. It is advertised as an export version...
  • Iran draws hard line on nukes (year of sanctions relief leads to dead end)

    10/17/2014 1:30:11 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 8 replies
    Winnipeg Free Press ^ | 10/17/14 - 1:27 PM | Alireza Jafarzadeh
    The latest round of negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program took place this week, pitting the United States and its European partners against the Iranian regime’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. It seems safe to say that if Iran and the United States can’t come to a workable compromise this week, and it certainly appears that way based on what has already transpired, there will be no basis for a final deal on Nov. 24. But there are serious outstanding questions about what a viable compromise would look like. This was made clear last week, when Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s...
  • Container Ship Adrift off British Columbia Coast

    10/17/2014 3:08:08 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies
    ABC News ^ | October 17, 2014
    A Russian container ship carrying hundreds of tons of fuel was drifting without power in rough seas off British Columbia's northern coast Friday, a scenario a nearby First Nation community described as its "worst fear." The Canadian Forces' joint rescue coordination center in Victoria said the Russian carrier Simushir lost power late Thursday night off Haida Gwaii, also known as the Queen Charlotte Islands, as it was making its way from Washington state to Russia. Canadian Navy Lt. Paul Penderghast said the ship was drifting nine nautical miles from shore, though he said it was largely maintaining that position. "It...
  • Bundeswehr drones can’t handle Ukraine winter

    10/17/2014 12:13:39 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 17 Oct 2014 12:32 GMT+02:00 | (AFP/The Local)
    “Luna” drones promised by Germany to monitor the Russian-Ukrainian border may not be sent after all—they can’t handle the bitter cold expected in the Ukrainian winter. “It’s a technical problem of the Luna system that it can't be controlled reliably at temperatures below −19°C [−2°F],” German MP Gernot Erler told public broadcaster Deutsche Rundfunk. Winter temperatures in the region would often plunge far lower at the drones’ operational heights of 3,000 meters and above, Bild reported, citing a military source. German drones were supposed to join unmanned planes provided by France and Austria in the Organization for Security and Cooperation...
  • ISIS training pilots to fly in captured fighter jets

    10/17/2014 7:44:02 AM PDT · by Bettyprob · 27 replies
    The Hindustan Times ^ | October 17, 2014 | Reuters
    Iraqi pilots who have joined Islamic State in Syria are training members of the group to fly in three captured fighter jets, a group monitoring the war said on Friday, saying it was the first time that the militant group had taken to the air. The group, which has seized land in Syria and Iraq, has been flying the planes over the captured al-Jarrah military airport east of Aleppo, said Rami Abdulrahman, who runs the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Reuters was not immediately able to verify the report and US Central Command said it was not aware of...
  • ISIS in Jets for First Time, US Reportedly Trains Rebel Pilots

    10/17/2014 10:40:12 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 38 replies
    INN ^ | 10/17/2014, 1:59 PM | Ari Yashar
    The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights revealed on Friday that the brutal Islamic State (ISIS) terror group has begun training pilots on three captured fighter jets, relying on the knowledge of Iraqi pilots who have joined the group. Rami Abdul Rahman, director of the monitoring group, said witnesses in northern Syria have seen the group flying the three MiG 21 or MiG 23 model jets above the al-Jarrah airbase east of Aleppo, in the first instance of ISIS going airborne, reports Reuters. […] ISIS has captured several fighter jets during its conquest of Syria and Iraq. In August it...
  • Islamic State training pilots to fly in three jets: Syria monitor

    10/17/2014 6:04:51 AM PDT · by ConservativeMan55 · 16 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 10/17/14 | Sylvia Westall
    BEIRUT (Reuters) - Iraqi pilots who have joined Islamic State in Syria are training members of the group to fly in three captured fighter jets, a group monitoring the war said on Friday, saying it was the first time that the militant group had taken to the air.
  • Greek paper: World Jewish plutocracy behind Gaza strife, global financial crisis

    12/29/2008 11:02:55 AM PST · by SmithL · 28 replies · 981+ views
    Haaretz ^ | 12/29/8 | Haaretz Service
    A daily newspaper in Greece has blamed Jews both for the world financial crisis and the Israeli operation in Gaza, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency reported this week. "After the American Jews acquired once again the world's wealth and plunged the planet into an unprecedented financial crisis, they started rehearsing for WWIII," JTA quoted the Avriani newspaper's front-page headline as reading Sunday. "Midway through the paper's story on Israel's operation in Gaza, the story, under the heading 'The Plan,' explains that a Jewish plutocracy, having made the 'wealth of the century at the expense of the economies of the world,' is...
  • Iran’s Ahmadinejad: West opposes our nukes to let Israel live on

    03/15/2006 12:03:31 PM PST · by anotherview · 85 replies · 1,132+ views
    Iran Focus ^ | 15 March 2006
    Iran’s Ahmadinejad: West opposes our nukes to let Israel live on Wed. 15 Mar 2006 Iran Focus Tehran, Iran, Mar. 15 – Iran’s radical President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Wednesday that the circumstances were ripe for the “collapse of the Zionist regime” and that the West was highlighting the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program in the world arena in order to “divert attention away from the issue of Palestine”. “The regime occupying Qods (Jerusalem) was set up to create insecurity and confrontation in our region. If one day tranquillity came about, it would mean the death of this regime”, Ahmadinejad said...
  • A Short History of the (Eventually) Awesome Hind Helicopter (Mi-24 had a lot of problems early on)

    10/16/2014 11:05:09 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    War is Boring ^ | 10/16/2014 | Thomas Newdick
    Russia’s Mi-24 attack helicopter is 45 years old. It’s high time we busted some of the more widespread myths regarding the gunship that has gone by many names. Crocodile. Drinking Glass. Devil’s Chariot. Hind. In a celebratory press release in September, Russian Helicopters—part of the state-owned Rostec corporation, which is now responsible for production of the latest Mi-35M version of the Hind—explained that the helicopter “was conceived and built in record time, with development starting in 1968.” That’s not quite true, as we’ll see. Nor is altogether accurate that the Hind has always boasted “high levels of efficiency and reliability...
  • Smugglers Galore--How Iran arms its allies (Hamas)

    12/27/2012 9:44:56 AM PST · by Ooh-Ah · 6 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | December 31 - January 7, 2013 | Lee Smith
    An explosion in southern Lebanon last week destroyed what is believed to have been a Hezbollah weapons depot. This latest in a series of mysterious “accidents” in Hezbollah-controlled precincts proved, as one Israeli official wryly remarked, that those who “sleep with rockets and amass large stockpiles of weapons are in a very unsafe place.” With the Party of God’s overland supply route through Syria choked off by the 22-month-long uprising against Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, and Israel virtually in total control of the maritime route, Hezbollah’s stockpile is being systematically degraded.Yet the arsenal of Iran’s other regional proxy force, Hamas,...
  • Recession in Russia, revolt in Venezuela? The knock-on effects of tumbling oil prices

    10/16/2014 4:04:48 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 14 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | 15 October 2017 | Alberto Nardelli, bunch of other people
    The sudden slump in oil prices, which have fallen 15% in the past three months, has sent tremors through the capitals of the world’s great oil powers, many of whom could face testing budget crunches if the tendency persists. Higher output coupled with weaker demand from China and Europe has driven the price of crude down to $85 – its lowest for four years. The US also now produces 65% more oil than it did five years ago following the boom in shale production. The rise has contributed to the global glut of crude and allowed the US to import...
  • Putin Guest Of Honour At Serbia Military Parade (70th Anniversary Of Liberation Of Belgrade)

    10/16/2014 1:34:47 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 20 replies
    BBC News ^ | 10/16/2014 | BBC News
    The Russian and Serbian leaders watched as jets, including a Russian aerobatic team, flew in formation over Belgrade to applause from the crowd. More than 3,000 Serbian soldiers took part in the parade, marching in heavy rain, with tanks, rockets and boats all featuring.... The event is likely to play well among Serbs and Russians nostalgic for Yugoslavia and the Soviet Union. In another nod to the two countries' historic relations, a statue of Russia's last Tsar, Nicholas II, was erected this week in Belgrade.
  • Russian Scientists Dismiss US Company's Statement On Thermonuclear Fusion Breakthrough

    10/16/2014 8:16:18 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 30 replies
    Itar Tass ^ | 10/16/2014 | Itar Tass
    MOSCOW, October 16. /TASS/. Russian physicists dismissed as a promotional action on Thursday the statement by the US company Lockheed Martin about its technological breakthrough in the thermonuclear fusion field. Skunk Works (a subsidiary of the Lockheed Martinweapons producer) on Wednesday reported a breakthrough in the field of practical use of controlled thermonuclear fusion. The company claims that in the next decade it would present a commercial sample of a compact thermonuclear reactor. President of the National Research Center Kurchatov Institute, Academician Yevgeny Velikhov told TASS in an interview that first it was necessary to develop such a project and...
  • Putin: Russia will reduce Europe's gas supplies if Ukraine takes gas

    10/16/2014 7:33:32 AM PDT · by McGruff · 9 replies
    CNBC ^ | 10/16/2014
    Russia's President Vladimir Putin said Russia will have to reduce gas supplies to Europe if Ukraine steals from gas pipelines that supply Europe—and crosses Ukraine en route. In June, Moscow halted gas supplies to Ukraine due to mounting debts and pricing disagreements. Disturbance of Russian gas supplies to Europe has happened two times in the past ten years, in 2006 and 2009. A third of Europe's gas comes from Russia. If no agreement is reached between Ukraine and Russia, Ukraine may face energy shortages this winter—further increasing risks to Europe's gas supply.
  • In a government address, Merkel urges dialogue with Russia

    10/16/2014 7:21:14 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 16.10.14
    In a 20-minute address to the German parliament on Thursday, covering a range of policy issues, German Chancellor Angela Merkel placed emphasis on the crisis in Ukraine. Merkel’s speech came ahead of direct talks with Russian and Ukrainian leaders at the European-Asian ASEM summit that also opens on Thursday in the Italian city of Milan. “The situation on the ground in Ukraine is dire,” Merkel said in front of Bundestag lawmakers, adding: “I will speak face-to-face with [Russian President Vladimir Putin] and [Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko] about ways to move forward in constructive fashion while in Milan.” […] Merkel’s address...
  • Why are India's air force planes falling out of the sky?

    10/16/2014 5:21:10 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    BBC News ^ | 16 October 2014 | Andrew North
    Are India's ageing air force planes falling out of the sky? All air forces have accidents, but accounts of Indian warplanes crashing on training flights have become almost routine news. The latest incident came earlier this week, when a Russian-made Sukhoi-30 crashed in eastern India - both pilots surviving after ejecting for unspecified reasons. All five crew died in March this year on a training flight in their US-made Hercules transport aircraft. 'Flying coffin' But it is the Russian-made aircraft that form the backbone of the Indian fleet which have been the most accident-prone. The MiG jet in particular has...
  • Bulgaria, Russia embroiled in new diplomatic spat

    10/10/2014 11:38:13 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 1 replies
    sofiaglobe.com ^ | October 10, 201
    For the second time in the space of one week, officials in Sofia and Moscow exchanged harsh words, after Russia’s foreign ministry said that an interview by Bulgarian President Rossen Plevneliev with a German newspaper was “regrettable”. Speaking to Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung in an interview published on October 4, Plevneliev said that Russia was a “nationalistic and aggressive state” and Russian president Vladimir Putin viewed Europe as an opponent rather than a partner. In his weekly media briefing on October 9, Russian foreign ministry spokesperson Alexander Lukashevich said that Plevneliev’s interview was cause for concern, because it “once again repeated...
  • To confront US allies China needs 1,200 J-10B fighters: Russian media

    10/12/2014 3:18:15 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Want China Times ^ | 2014-10-12
    China will need to produce about 1,200 fourth-generation fighters to be able to confront the air forces of Japan, South Korea and Taiwan, if the three nations are successful in their bids to acquire advanced American fighters, in any potential conflict, according to the Moscow-based Russian Military Analysis on Oct. 9. Even though Taiwan maintains close economic ties with mainland China, the Russian-language newspaper said that the Taiwanese government under the leadership of Ma Ying-jeou has not given up its intention of purchasing advanced fighters from the United States such as the F-16C/D and even the F-35. Japan and South...
  • Oil price drop threatens to hit Russia, Iran harder than sanctions

    10/14/2014 11:30:02 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 17 replies
    latimes.com ^ | October 13, 2014 | Paul Richter
    A drop in global oil prices, driven in part by a boom in U.S. shale oil production, is threatening to hit the economies of energy-exporting Russia and Iran harder than Western economic sanctions have done.
  • China, Russia Sign CNY150 Billion Local-Currency Swap As Plunging Oil Prices Sting Putin

    10/13/2014 6:08:02 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 6 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 10/13/14 | Tyler Durden
    While it is beyond a doubt that the primary catalyst for Europe's triple-dip recession has been the nearly two quarters and counting of escalating Russian sanctions that were supposed to solely harm Putin (because who could have possibly foreseen that plunging German exports to Russia would have a far greater impact on the export-driven German economy), the truth is that the Kremlin itself is starting to hurt, if not so much as a result of the European trade embargo but mostly due to crashing oil prices, which have been driven lower almost exclusively by Saudi Arabia as part of its...
  • Republicans Are Pressing the ISIS Fear Button Hard for Midterm Votes

    10/15/2014 6:58:11 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 21 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | October 15, 2014 | Josh Rogin
    Republicans Are Pressing the ISIS Fear Button Hard for Midterm Votes Jihadis pouring across the border. Obama powerless to respond to the chaos. Democrats out to lunch. That’s the picture GOP campaigns and political groups are painting—and it’s working . As the war against ISIS in Iraq and Syria flails, Republican congressional candidates and political action groups are spending at breakneck speeds to attach the calamity to Democratic incumbents in vulnerable seats, and the worse it gets overseas, the worse it gets for those Democrats.
  • Australia’s prime minister threatens to body-slam Russia’s Putin

    10/15/2014 4:04:32 PM PDT · by KingofZion · 15 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | October 15, 2014 | Rick Noack
    Recent rhetoric between Russia and Australia has assumed a particularly fractious dimension. On Monday, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced that he would "shirtfront" Vladimir Putin, referring to an Australian rules football term that describes a player tackling an opponent by bumping him "forcefully in the chest," according to one dictionary of Australian colloquialisms. Next month, Putin and Abbott are expected to meet at a Group of 20 summit in Brisbane. During the event, Abbott plans to raise the issue of Russia's lack of cooperation with Dutch investigators looing into the shooting down of a Malaysia Airlines plane in Ukraine...
  • Nyquist: American Politics and Psychology

    10/15/2014 1:59:56 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 15 replies
    J.R. Nyquist ^ | 10/12/2014 | J.R. Nyquist
    American Politics and Psychology Commentary for 12 October 2014Perception of the truth about the real environment, especially an understanding of the human personality and its values, ceases to be a virtue during the so-called ‘happy’ times; thoughtful doubters are decried…. This, in turn, leads to an impoverishment of psychological knowledge, the capacity of differentiating the properties of human nature and personality, and the ability to mold minds creatively. The cult of power thus supplants those mental values so essential for maintaining law and order by peaceful means. A nation’s enrichment or involution regarding its psychological world view could be considered...
  • Crashing oil prices could crush Vladimir Putin

    10/15/2014 11:19:13 AM PDT · by McGruff · 17 replies
    CNN Money ^ | October 15, 2014 | Jesse Solomon
    That's a tough pill for Russia to swallow since the country relies heavily on oil revenues to bankroll its budget -- over half of the government's revenues come from oil and gas.
  • Putin’s Soviet Style Kremlin is Too Much for “JV” Team Obama

    10/15/2014 10:10:27 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 49 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 15, 2014 | Michael Schaus
    Vladimir Putin is quietly toiling away at reestablishing last century’s utopia-on-earth, known more commonly as the Soviet Union. Aside from rolling some T-72 tanks into Crimea, and giving a helping hand to the Russian separatists in Eastern Ukraine, he’s also been ramping up efforts to remake modern Russia into a more 20th century image. Putin’s Justice Ministry (I’m not sure, but it is possible that they took that agency’s name straight from the pages of a George Orwell book) is trying to shut down one of Russia’s oldest civil rights organizations.I know, I know, I know... You’re thinking “so what?”...
  • New Russian drone-carrying corvette advances to keel-laying

    10/15/2014 5:43:51 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    TASS, Russian News Agency ^ | October 15,2014
    Helicopter-type Gorizont drone © ITAR-TASS/Valery Matytsin (archive) MOSCOW, October 15. /TASS/. Ship designers are advancing the blueprint for a new-generation, multi-purpose warship to join Russia’s navy. Features of the planned corvette are still under wraps but the vessel is thought likely to carry a helicopter-type Gorizont drone within its armory. Planners at Russia’s Central Marine Engineering Design Bureau Almaz and United Shipbuilding Corporation expect the keel to be laid next year, possibly at St. Petersburg’s Severny shipyard though it is still unconfirmed. “As technical design is in progress I will not reveal the features of this new vessel but it...
  • US, Russia Vow Intel-Sharing on Islamic State

    10/14/2014 3:26:08 PM PDT · by McGruff · 15 replies
    ABC News ^ | Oct 14, 2014 | BRADLEY KLAPPER
    The United States and Russia vowed Tuesday to renew cooperation on a broad array of global security matters — including intelligence sharing on Islamic State militants — the even as the two powers remained deeply at odds over the crisis in Ukraine.
  • Jumbo squids attack Greenpeace submarine

    10/14/2014 1:31:44 PM PDT · by Beowulf9 · 52 replies
    http://www.cnet.com ^ | October 13, 2014 | Michelle Starr
    A two-man Greenpeace submarine has been attacked by squids on an expedition in the Bering Sea -- and all the gory details were captured in a Vine.
  • New Poll Shows Strong Opposition To Russia's Actions In Every Region Of Ukraine

    10/14/2014 12:04:10 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 28 replies
    New Poll Shows Strong Opposition To Russia's Actions In Every Region Of Ukraine 18:37 (GMT) There have been several polls which show that prior to Russia's invasion of Ukraine and annexation of Crimea there was never a strong separatist sentiment among Ukrainians in any region. Another poll by IRI confirms this result: An excerpt from the summary: Strong Majority in Every Region Opposes Russia’s Military Aggression Despite continued claims to the contrary from Moscow and pro-Russian separatists, 89 percent of respondents oppose Russia sending troops to protect Russian-speaking citizens. The opposition to Russia’s actions is seen across all regions –...
  • The First Spacewalk (near-disaster)

    10/13/2014 5:38:56 AM PDT · by Izzy Dunne · 23 replies
    BBC ^ | Oct 13, 2014 | Paul Rincon
    Minutes after he stepped into space, Leonov realised his suit had inflated like a balloon, preventing him from getting back inside. Later on, the cosmonauts narrowly avoided being obliterated in a huge fireball when oxygen levels soared inside the craft. And on the way back to Earth, the crew was exposed to enormous G-forces, landing hundreds of kilometres off target in a remote corner of Siberia populated by wolves and bears. Afterwards, the Soviet authorities revealed nothing about the problems. For years, few people knew the truth.
  • Navy Secretly Tests 'Iron Dome for Ships'

    10/13/2014 4:18:11 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 10/13/2014 | Gil Ronen
    Barak 8 missile was successful in intercepting a missile that imitated the Yakhont anti-ship cruise missile. The Israel Navy has conducted a successful secret test of the Barak 8 missile, which is designed to defend ships from the much-vaunted Yakhont anti-ship cruise missiles, reports Channel 2. The Yakhont missiles are one of the greatest threats to the Navy's vessels, mostly because of their potential use by Syria and Hezbollah. The missile flies at a very high speed – almost the speed of sound – from the moment it is launched. The test was carried out with the cooperation of an...
  • Russia’s economy is tanking. But will it make Putin change course?

    10/13/2014 2:09:40 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 21 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 13 Oct 14 | Unknown
    MOSCOW — Deep into the worst conflict between Russia and the West since the Cold War, investors are fleeing, food prices are soaring and there are rumbles from Russia’s Westernized business elite that the nation needs to avoid repeating the economic mismanagement that broke apart the Soviet Union. Western sanctions have choked off financing to some of Russia’s economic juggernauts and denied crucial technology to the nation’s energy sector. But there is little evidence that the mounting economic pressures since the March annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula will soften Putin’s policies toward Ukraine and other nations in the former Soviet...
  • Russian sanctions could be eased soon if Ukraine progress made: U.S. adviser

    10/12/2014 7:14:59 AM PDT · by Bettyprob · 43 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10/10/2014 | Reuters
    Talks on easing sanctions against Russia imposed over the conflict in Ukraine could begin in the next few weeks, but more measures are possible if there is no progress over a ceasefire deal, the U.S. Deputy National Security Adviser said on Friday. The European Union and the United States have imposed economic sanctions on Russia, with the West accusing Moscow of providing pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine with troops and weapons. Russia denies the accusation. Last month, envoys from Ukraine, Russia, and the separatists negotiated a ceasefire in Minsk, and U.S. adviser Tony Blinken said sanctions could start to be...
  • Why the F-35 is a sitting duck for the Flankers (Russian brag alert)

    10/12/2014 3:31:06 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 23 replies
    Russia & India Report ^ | October 12, 2014 | Rakesh Krishnan Simha
    Outgunned by the Su-30 family of aircraft and suffering critical design flaws, the American F-35 is staring down the barrel of obsolescence – and punching a gaping hole in western air defences. Built to be the deadliest hunter killer aircraft of all time, the F-35 has quite literally become the hunted. In every scenario that the F-35 has been wargamed against Su-30 Flankers, the Russian aircraft have emerged winners. America’s newest stealth aircraft – costing $191 million per unit – is riddled with such critical design flaws that it’s likely to get blown away in a shootout with the super-maneuverable...
  • Edward Snowden's Girlfriend Lives With Him In Moscow, Film Reveals

    10/11/2014 12:16:34 AM PDT · by wetphoenix · 31 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | October 10, 2014 | Andrew Hart
    Amongst the many revelations in the new documentary on NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, is one that may seem of lesser consequence, but indeed is worth noting. Snowden's life in exile is actually pretty good. Snowden, currently living in Moscow, was joined there in June by his girlfriend Lindsay Mills, The Intercept reports.
  • As deadline looms, Kerry to attend talks on Iran nuke deal (trying to stall past another election?)

    10/08/2014 11:49:47 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 8 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | October 8, 2014, 8:43 pm | Bradley Klapper and Matthew Lee
    With Washington pressure rising, secretary of state heads to Vienna next week as target date for agreement on curbing Tehran atomic program nears America’s top diplomat is plunging back into Iranian nuclear talks, keeping one eye on the longtime US adversary and the other on political developments at home, as pressure rises in Washington for a deal ensuring the Islamic Republic cannot become a nuclear state. The prospect of a Republican takeover of the Senate means Secretary of State John Kerry will be on a tight leash with a late-November deadline approaching for an agreement. Kerry, European Union negotiator Catherine...
  • Russia Deploying Tactical Nuclear Arms in Crimea

    10/11/2014 3:06:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 81 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | October 10, 2014 | Bill Gertz
    Russia is moving tactical nuclear weapons systems into recently-annexed Crimea while the Obama administration is backing informal talks aimed at cutting U.S. tactical nuclear deployments in Europe. Three senior House Republican leaders wrote to President Obama two weeks ago warning that Moscow will deploy nuclear missiles and bombers armed with long-range air launched cruise missiles into occupied Ukrainian territory. “Locating nuclear weapons on the sovereign territory of another state without its permission is a devious and cynical action,” states the letter signed by House Armed Services Committee Chairman Howard P. “Buck” McKeon (R., Calif.) and two subcommittee chairmen....
  • ISIS COMMANDER PROMISES: 'WE'LL HAVE OUR REVENGE ON THE RUSSIANS'

    10/11/2014 1:10:00 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 75 replies
    Breitbart ^ | October 11, 2014 | by AWR HAWKINS
    ISIS commander Tarkhan Batirashvili--aka, "Omar the Chechen"--warns that Russia will soon be targeted by the Islamist group. According to The Moscow Times, "Batirashvili has gained a fearsome reputation throughout the conflict in Syria." Bloomberg News reports that he now seeks "revenge" on Russia over Moscow's support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. He gave voice to plans for this revenge while talking on the phone with his father, who lives in Georgia's Pankisi Gorge. He told his father: "Don't worry dad, I'll come home soon and show the Russians... I have many thousands following me and I'll get more. We'll have...